Josh Palmer is in that range between a guy who has proven what he can do but still has a lot of potential for Tennessee football. After just 98 receiving yards in 2017, he arrived onto the scene in 2018 with 23 receptions for 484 yards, five carries for 27 yards and three total touchdowns.
Then he was named the most improved player in spring practice. Jeremy Pruitt is clearly fine going with three big receivers, and Jim Chaney has done that with the Vols in the past, so it looks like Palmer will be starting in the slot this year with Marquez Callaway and Jauan Jennings playing on the outside.
Palmer’s production combined with the offseason hype make it worth putting him on here. You can add the fact that, coming from Canada, he was mainly just raw and needed to develop. And that was stunted by having to switch from the spread as a freshman to the pro-style as a sophomore with Pruitt’s arrival.
Now, even with a chance in offensive coordinators, Palmer is finally in his second year in a system. And that could be just what he needs to explode. He’s one of the most exciting players to talk about this offseason, so watch out.